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Robotics is the wave of future.

In a world of hi-tech if cyborgs are seriously pursued as higher state of human ingenuity why not teach robots certain human values? It is cost effective that government shall have an excuse to throw tax-payer’s money into something of value.  Would it not be worthwhile if  our expertise with AI can show us how to live with all in harmony?

I merely inverted the normal usage of man to give robots a pride of place. Instead of Cold War we make them initiators of peace so man is spared from the awful truth as the destroyer. It means for us pressing the nuclear button is not an option. May be robots shall do it for us.  Robots are our handiwork so is money, If we can make money our be-all, why not give value we so long attached to our humanity to AI? Such inversion makes us look at ourselves how much we have undervalued our humanity. It has therefore a shock value is it not?

Our curiosity is boundless that however prevents our body to follow since we as human species are to make the earth our home. It speaks of certain intelligence that we can send workable spacecrafts with the intent of colonizing exoplanets. In fact NASA is about to launch the Tessa mission to explore the new planets. Why should we teleport us if we can send our microbiome to do it for us instead?AI has its value so have cyborg programmed in some lab to perform certain tasks where humans may not do. Into a corrosive vat of acid we can send a cyborg and if it be melted we shall not be unduly cut up for the loss; for we can always go back to our drawing board and come up with a better model. Or send a robot into the centre of the earth where it can be our eyes and hands. Man is not intended for such death defying acts but to live and learn of his kind. AI in shorts cleans up the mess we make.

Microbiome is our solution: having found the earth our home not conducive to peace and harmony let them reconstitute it for us. Do we change our prejudices and everything non essential, to create a peaceable coexistence? No. Since what is in our own hand shall not bend to our will why not we resort to alternative: deconstruct man so we send the worlds that have colonized us instead to speak for ourselves? Our microbiome for example is likely candidate. You’re more microbe than human – if you count all the cells in your body, only 43% are human. The rest is our microbiome and includes bacteria, viruses, fungi and single-celled archaea.The human genome – the full set of genetic instructions for a human being – is made up of 20,000 instructions called genes. But add all the genes in our microbiome together and the figure comes out at between two million and 20 million microbial genes.It’s known as the second genome and is linked to diseases including allergy, obesity, inflammatory bowel disease, Parkinson’s, whether cancer drugs work and even depression and autism.

Man is by force of habit no longer a single entity anymore. Us and Them are what man invented with two good eyes his Maker gave him. Man set about himself as homo sapiens  and what did he come up with? Two Tribes. Mankind is deconstructed into many pigeon holes so we shall know how to deal with each when necessary. (‘Just a dog whistle shall do for Jim Crow to feel top of the Ozark mountains. I mean mood wise, while another needs bourbon’.) If man can be divided it means either he belongs to us or them. It is a kind of logic used by fellows who cannot differentiate left from his right foot. So he adds Alt right as though his gut fora is any wiser than mine. Thus we shuffle and deal marked cards and the Haves and Have-nots, carnivores, herbivores, the believers and kaffirs are all cards we carry around.

The second genome is proven more clever than our first. What shall the third wave be, I wonder.

Benny

 

 

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Evolution is a way forward and the scaffolding which, was set in place millennia before even emerging life forms have had a clue. As such billions of years ago mitochondria striking up partnership with singular cell organism, and this pairing would emerge stronger despite of  adverse circumstances. An example of which we had considered in an earlier post. In the case of gold fishes surviving prolonged icy conditions their ability to avail second set of proteins was not something produced by a magician like a rabbit out of a hat. It is the accumulated gains of living among other life forms facing challenges daily. Thus any sudden ability for a life form is not luck but availing nature’s positivism that explains Natural Selection.

Nature always look to the best interests of maximum array of species and not any particular species. We have a sixth wave of mass extinctions coming up and several signs show man’s mismanagement is notching up strikes against him. Failing sperm count is one sign. His intelligence also is taking a hit under sporadic genetic mutations. Positivism decrees that species that cannot further nature’s plan must be controlled or laid aside.

In History also we see how evil ideologies are contained. Nature set up Hitler in order to lead him to a disaster from which he would never emerge to destroy what were positive gains for mankind as a whole. Thus his final solution needs be weighed against the founding of Israel. Anti-Semitism of Europe had first to be clarified and flushed out for which Hitler was merely a medium. For this reason Neo-nazism in Europe or the US shall never stand,

Similarly look what is happening in the Middle East. The ISIS are cleared out of their last hideout. Their defeat was determined beforehand. (I had posted a fable in comic strip format a couple of years ago.) 1.Today a US led coalition says their three year domination at Raqqa has come to an end. Their ideology is inimical to progress of mankind. They and their followers need see they have no place to hide in a decent civilized society.  Caliphate was tried once and having beggared the chance when they had, the movement of Islam shall be like a speck of dust in the vision of humanity. The past abuses and neglect scream against them as did Positivism speak against the concept of New Canaan.

What is New Canaan? The Pilgrim Fathers sailed to the New Continent looking it as a fresh beginning, a great Experiment. What made them leave Europe in the first place? Was it not for religious intolerance they experienced back home? Quakers, Non-conformists and believers of all hues who had seen America as the New Canaan underwent great many privations to sail for the new continent and establish their Zion. Instead of their ideal to usher in the Millennium rule recorded in Isaiah, we know their history was far from perfect. Their two centuries of history was a written in blood. History of modern America is deeply set into a pattern: there is no escaping from it. The fate of Native Americans and minorities make a mockery of their ideals even if they try hard. What went wrong? Ideals of the Pilgrim Fathers could not have accounted for contrary movements that were already at play. These movements are like the inflation theory in astrophysics, the burst of energy that came into play in seconds after the Big Bang. Cluster principle allows such prodigious minor events that were scattered about coalesce into potent causes. In recent times we see this principle well illustrated in the Iraq War. The USA went in to topple the Saddam regime. It merely made the age-old animosities between sects, tribes more into the open not to mention Kurds and Iran who have their own agenda. History cannot stand on ideology alone. It requires certain moral basis and good governance based on equity and justice.

As a Christian I see in Positivism the DNA of God what is to be known of his Power and Wisdom. Evangelicals in the USA think of Trump as their champion. Merely because they talk God in a manner as the one who put wealth of the land in their pockets does not mean God is their accomplice. God’s mill treads ever slowly but no injustice can escape his Eye. As the President says, ‘ there is a lull before storm’ and we shall see how far nations can imagine they can deal people unfairly at every turn and imagine God is pleased with them.

Note:1 See Memory of life: moth and dinosaurs of Aug.2014 the last line

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A lifetime of seeking knowledge in order to fix the Big Picture as one whole, that is my intellectual life in a nutshell. Nothing was excluded. Art, literature, the Bible and science every aspect of knowledge was fodder for my curiosity. I read all I could but great many I discarded for my intuition showed what to seek and what to get rid of. I have set all that stayed with me in these two volumes and it is available through Amazon.com

My two books Now You Know: Man and Nature and Mind and Matter are available.

Now You Know: man and nature https://www.createspace.com/7449242

Now You Know: mind and matter https://www.createspace.com/7559795

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Ah, Autumn gives back

Joy of Spring always to us

In still fall of leaves.

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My book Now You Know: Man and Nature is available. Second volume Mind and Matter shall be released shortly.

This book along with Marginalia, a concise guide to the Bible covers everything about the Big Picture from the stand point of man as a social being and as a Christian.

https://www.createspace.com/7449242

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How did man bring out underlying abstract of nature of matter to propound a theory of anything? Man we say is capable of abstract thinking. When one gives a form to God it is that he is clothing it with a form natural for him. The form belies an idea. Whereas doubt is formless, a state of mind from which he cannot retrieve any idea tangible. Only way his doubt can stand therefore is in relation to others. How can he doubt nature provides for him while everything proves otherwise? Can he doubt peace if he in his mind feels no conflict? So doubt can only be dealt effectively in his mind with Mind that works with chaos and order to his universe.

Brain is the thinking apparatus and mind is something else. Psychologists use human behaviour as a clue to the workings of the mind. Although we cannot observe the mind directly, everything we do, think, feel and say is determined by the functioning of the mind.

If we see those who did far greater things than their circumstances warrant, we need to consider mind of man has a range no science can define. Here we shall look at one who made a great stir in China.

Hung Hsui-Chuan (1814 – 1864) As a child he was precocious (he was able to recite the Four Classics after five or six years) but with no means to advance himself. But at the age of 22 in 1836, he realized his further progress to enter the government service was blocked. Success in examinations required a bribe to the examiners. Thwarted in his ambition he fell ill. In a delirious state he saw visions that he was taken to the ‘Thirty-Third Heaven and the Venerable-in-Years gave him a mission to destroy the demon worshippers on the earth. When Hung had recovered from his fever he was altogether a new man. A chance encounter in Canton with Christian missionaries from London Missionary Society, gave him new direction. While reading the book of Genesis his earlier vision took on new significance. The Venerable–in Years of his dream had become the Creator of heaven and the earth. His curious theology was a mixture calculated to win over most supporters.

As luck would have it the Opium War (1839-1842) broke out around this time and it showed the hated Manchu regime was almost on its last legs. Manchus were Manchurian Tartars, foreigners while south of the Yangtse there were many who yearned for bringing back the defunct Ming rule.

Tien Wang began the revolt in concert with the Triads who were for bringing back the Ming regime. Tien Wang’s aim was more of a theocratic rule himself as a brother of Jesus Christ. (In his concept of Trinity god, the Father, Christ the son, and himself was the other brother.) The man who would ultimately bring him down Tseng Kuo-fan had no Tartar blood as the Manchu masters. He was not a supporter of the Manchu regime. But he was believer in Confucianism and had no use for Christian Taipings. Tien Wang’s mind relied on otherworld source while his nemesis relied on more down to earth aspects of his mind. Who shall determine who is right?

Tien Wang’s God was Venerable-in-Years. Mother Teresa’s God embodied Love which however made sense to all those who were sustained in their last years neglected and forgotten. The important point is to determine how great your mind is. Mind that can never ascend beyond dollars and cents adds to its shallowness hypocrisy when he speaks of God. As we see around us man who claims he is rational but destroys the natural habitats of other species with impunity cannot be speaking for species he destroys. His mind focuses only on now. On the other hand late Mother Teresa whose life-mission among the slums and squalor of Kolkotta was empowered by her mind and we can see range of her mind. She delineated the concept God as Love in ways useful to man.

What can Science do when operative range of mind cannot be separated?

 

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Scientists have decoded the secrets behind a goldfish’s ability to survive in ice-covered lakes.

While humans and most vertebrates die in a few minutes without oxygen, these fish are able to survive for months in icy conditions in ponds and lakes in northern Europe.

Researchers have now uncovered the molecular mechanism behind this ability.

In most animals there is a single set of proteins that channel carbohydrates towards the mitochondria, which are the power packs of cells.

In the absence of oxygen, the consumption of carbohydrates generates lactic acid, which the goldfish can’t get rid of and which kills them in minutes.

Luckily, these fish have evolved a second set of proteins that take over in the absence of oxygen and convert the lactic acid to alcohol, which can then be dispersed through the gills.”The second pathway is only activated through lack of oxygen,” author Dr Michael Berenbrink from the University of Liverpool, UK, told BBC News.

In order to understand this survival strategy let us look how mitochondria came into our cells. Billions of years ago these were free organisms but they struck a deal with the cells. When these evolved into multicellular organisms these did not break off association with mitochondria because it was a useful association. Each of our cells do have them, tiny factories where they combine molecular oxygen with food we ingest in order to convert it into energy. We have some trillions of them working as though one! What drove each into the others arm eons ago? Creative power of God is the timelessness that envelops our concept of time. Once we accessed to this power, the wisdom was in evolving into what we call ourselves Homo sapiens!

Thus the gold fishes can turn lactic acid in their bodies into alcohol, as a means of staying alive. Scientists have known about the peculiar survival abilities of goldfish and their wild relatives, crucian carp, since the 1980s.

“The ice cover closes them off from the air, so when the pond is ice-covered the fish consumes all the oxygen and then it switches over to the alcohol.”

The longer they are in freezing, airless conditions the higher the alcohol levels in the fish become. Despite the fact that the fish are literally filled to the gills with alcohol, it’s not the drink that kills them. If the winter lasts too long, they run out of fuel that’s stored in their livers and die.

The researchers say there are some very important lessons to be learned about evolutionary adaptation that produces a duplicate set of genes that allows the species to maintain their original function but also to keep the back-up set if it also delivers useful function.

What caused mitochondria go into partnership with the cells? Evolution presupposes economy and when we speak of brain it is basically the nerve net of jelly fish and reptilian brain of lizards some 600 million years ago. In such partnerships evolution has specific scaffolding of power and wisdom of God to develop. Ignoramuses fight tooth and nail for Creationism or for Evolution without bothering to know full facts. Science without giving ‘why’ is limited in scope.

benny

 

 

 

“The ethanol production allows the crucian carp to be the only fish species surviving and exploiting these harsh environments, thereby avoiding competition and escaping predation by other fish species with which they normally interact in better oxygenated waters,” said lead author Dr Cathrine Elisabeth Fagernes, from the University of Oslo, Norway.

“It’s no wonder then that the crucian carp’s cousin, the goldfish, is arguably one of the most resilient pets under human care.”

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